How to Declutter your Komono (Miscellany) the Konmari Way Part 1
Welcome everyone to day four of our Seven Day Konmari Declutter Challenge!
If you haven’t been following along to the challenge, let’s get you caught up.
Decluttering your space is easiest when tackled by categories, organized in order of easiest items to discard, to hardest, like sentimental things. This is why the Konmari Method was developed. Marie Kondo, a Japanese Decluttering Consultant, is an expert of her work, helping hoarders to declutter things they could previously never part with and in turn shift their lives around because as they let go of their unwanted items, they simultaneously seem to let go of their unwanted thoughts, release negative people, and shake bad habits as well.
In the book she wrote “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” she walks the reader through the same process she walks her clients through. The method is more deeply illustrated in my previous article How to Declutter the Konmari Way | The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo but, in short she guides the reader to start with the one category, take all the items from that category out from anywhere in the home and place it out so you can see the mass of all the items you have in that category, then to hold each object and see if it sparks any joy to you. Going with your intuition, you will discard anything that doesn’t spark joy! For whatever reason, regardless of any excuse, it has to go.
This is the fourth category we are addressing now, so if you missed the first of the series go ahead and click here to tackle that one. If you’re all caught up to speed, let begin with category four:
Komono (Miscellany) Part 1
Decluttering your Komono is broken into a wide variety of subcategories. The subcategories include:
Today we are going to tackle the first half, which will include items falling in the subcategories General, Kids, Office, Cleaning, and Kitchen.
Let’s begin with General. Items falling in this category includes:
- DVDs and CDs
- Video games
- Craft supplies
- Junk drawer items
- Pet supplies
- And anything else without a proper home or category.
Grab all these items from around your home and lay them all out for you to see.
Go ahead and begin picking up each item one by one and asking yourself the golden question: “does this item bring me joy?”
If it doesn’t let it go, most of this won’t bring you a bit of joy or use and is unnecessary clutter.
Next, let’s go into the subcategory Kid’s things if this applies to you.
Kid’s items include:
- Children’s books
- Indoor and outdoor toys
- Board games
- Sports and hobbies items
Get all these items together in the room with you and spread them out.
If these toys are used regularly by your kiddos, definitely give them the job of asking themselves the question of if the item spark’s joy. It’s disrespectful to rid someone else of their things. Even if their half your size!
If you know that they are not useful to your child, then you can probably get away with removing them without asking, especially if they have duplicates of one thing. This is really up to your judgement though of course.
Third, let’s roll out the Office subcategory, and dive into the world of staplers, paper clips, and ball point pens.
Items include but not limited to:
- Tape dispensers
- Paper clips
- Binders (not the contents, this should be handles with the paper’s category discussed in my previous article _______)
- White Boards
- Pens, pencils
Scavenge all these types of items out from all corners of your home, hopefully you’ve been able to maintain them in just your desk or office area.
Lay each item out, pick one up at a time to assess the golden question of if it brings you joy, or for this category, if it brings you use.
Let go of anything broken, needing replacement, or just that ran out of purpose in your home.
Time to open of that cupboard under the sink to explore what cleaning supplies you’ve collected.
I would like to start this category by saying I personally think you should consider tossing all specialty cleaners and substituting for one all purpose cleaner, and one cleaner for your bath tub. That’s all you truly need.
I would also like to say, it would be wise to discard all harsh cleaners with toxic ingredients and replace them with a nontoxic cleaner that is effective, and safe to use, inhale, and even taste if your child or pet were to come in to contact with an area you’ve just cleaned or even the whole container.
For the safest ingredients, make your own cleaner by combining Dr. Bronners Castile Soap, filtered water, Apple Cider Vinegar, and your favorite high quality essential oil into a spray bottle. This will save you money, and save your health in the meantime.
Some of the products you should be decluttering include:
- Laundry soaps
- Dryer Sheets
- Car cleaning supplies
- Window cleaners
- Cleaning wipes
- Stove top cleaners
- Oven cleaners
- Dish soaps
- All purpose cleaners
Lay out all you have so you can see the full amount of all you own in this subcategory.
Are any of your brooms, mops, or vacuums broken? Do you have any duplicates of cleaners? Can you replace any of your cleaners with an all purpose cleaner to minimize the amount of stuff that you own and eventually would need to replenish?
Release whats no longer of service to you, or the health of your home.
The last subcategory of the “Komono” category we will be addressing today is items residing in the kitchen. The rest will be discussed in the following article which you can read tomorrow covering Decor, Garage, and Bathroom items.
The heart of the house is said to be the kitchen, where everyone gathers for a lovely meal over conversation and gratitude for shared company. This means it’s a place that can be well lived-in and hurriedly kept up with since theres generally so much cleaning to do in this space on a daily basis.
So, let’s take the time to give it the care and cleaning it deserves by decluttering it so that all that remains in this space is the items that are of necessity.
Kitchen items include:
- Pots and pans
- Bowls, plates, cups
- Serving utensils
- Small appliances
- Specialty appliances (waffle-makers, ice cream-makers, ect.)
- Foods in the refrigerator, freezer, and pantry
- Wine glasses
- Cutting boards
- Wine openers
- Can openers
All of these types of things can be arranged in your space where they can all be seen at once.
Picking up one item at a time, ask yourself if you need it, if it brings you joy, or if you have a duplicate of that same item?
A lot of the time we accumulate a large amount of serving utensils, when we don’t serve but four people at a time. We also end up with gifted mugs, and odd specialty appliances such as ice cream-makers, which begin to crowd space and collect dust. Be honest with yourself and how much you actually need. Mindfully let go of the remaining.
We have successfully decluttered half of the Miscellany in our homes at this time, reward yourself for the work you put into this process, and get ready to tackle the other half of the Miscellany tomorrow, or if your ready now click here.
Thank you for reading, and as always many blessings.